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Fathers finding it hard to juggle work and family

By Mario Cywinski |

Balancing work life with family life is a tough act for many fathers, a new survey has found.

Over half (56 per cent) of working dads would take a 10 per cent pay cut to be able to spend 10 per cent more time with their children according to a 2010 Workopolis Dads in the Workplace Poll.

Over 70 per cent of dads feel guilty when work commitments take precedence over time with their family, including their kids. Many, 49 per cent, would consider changing jobs if a different employer offered more family-friendly options.

"Workplaces need to recognize their employees as real people with real needs, they are human, not just 'human resources'," said Mario Bottone, vice-president, Workopolis. "Working dads need to look for employers that offer family-friendly options so that they can juggle family and work responsibilities. After all, the title of World's Best Dad is just as important as what's written on a business card."

Not all is lost, 75 per cent of working Canadians believe that employers are equally accommodating to male and female employees in terms of parenting needs. However, when asked which parents should take time off work, 20 per cent believed it should be the mother and two per cent said the father. A majority, 68 per cent said it should be the person making a lower income.

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